Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | October 02, 2011

Check out the Aug. 15 entry on the blog for his inside look at the championships. Next year, Borman says, he hopes to make it to the Nationals, scheduled for his home state.

iPhone app computes axle weights

The Scale It smartphone application is a quick cheat that allows you to input the different weight readings you get as you roll onto platform scales. The app then does the math for you to determine axle-group weights, saving time and ensuring accuracy. If it’s 2 in the morning, and/or five other trucks are lined up behind you, “it’s easy to make mistakes,” says John Christner Trucking driver Jerry Wilks, programmer/developer of the iPhone app. It’s 99 cents in the iTunes app store. Scan the QR Code with your phone to download, or visit For information on apps with similar functionality for Android phones, see comments on the Aug. 8 entry on the blog.

For more of the interesting and odd parts of trucking, visit Senior Editor Todd Dills’ Channel 19 blog at


—— HEALTH TIPS ­­­——

Call it quits

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The average ATBS client nets only 32 cents for every dollar of gross revenue. That leaves 68 cents for business expenses. If your net is significantly lower than 32 percent, determine where you can cut costs. You may have a spending problem you can cure by adjusting personal habits, such as dining out too much, or business habits, such as idling too much. Not sure if you’re netting almost a third of what you bring in? Get your accountant to help you organize a profit and loss statement.

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Shanghai Rooster

This1992 Peterbilt 379 was named after its previous owner’s CB handle. Jack Handy, known as the the Shanghai Rooster, passed the truck down to his grandson, current owner Shawn Carroll, who converted it into a tandem dump in 2006. Carroll’s driven the truck since he was 18. The rig has a 13-speed transmission and a 425-hp Caterpillar, and Carroll uses it to haul sand and gravel.

Orange Crush

Heath Stagg of Cuthbert, Ga., hauls pulpwood around the Southeast in this 2005 Peterbilt 379. The truck’s equipped with a 475-hp Caterpillar and a 10-speed transmission, and Stagg says he plans on adding a few upgrades, including old-school 359-style headlights. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.